Monday, 25 June 2012

When life gives you lemons

You make a lot of lemon desserts, which is what I did when our daughter gave us a bucket full from their over-laden lemon tree last week.  First up was the lemon delicious, then my friend Rowena's Greek Lemon and Coconut Cake.  Still the fruit bowl groaned with lemons.  It was time to bring out the big guns - my legendary (in my mind) ...

Lemon Meringue Pie.  Oh yes. 

Feeling a little virtuous for using what was at hand, I cast my eye around my sewing studio to see what improvements I could make.

I didn't have to look far - the book shelves were groaning with magazines, most with post-it stickers for future reference (my food magazines have more stickers than pages). I had been meaning for some time to create mini fabric bolts using archive card, but who needs cardboard when you are the Magazine Queen?  If you have the same fetish and feel guilty about the ever-growing stack, then here's a good way to ease your conscience.

Take your fabric which is already folded selvage to selvage and fold it in half lengthwise, making four thicknesses.

Place the magazine on top of the folded fabric.

Make the first fold, being careful to align the edges.  See how perfectly the magazine fits?  Feeling very smug.

Keep folding, smoothing as you go along.

Voila!  I find that you can wind up to 3 metres before it starts to become a little bulky.

Now I feel like singing like Mrs Bucket every time I look at my bookshelf.

We Fudges tend to buy rather large jars of coffee when they are on special at the supermarket and siphon the contents into a smaller jar, thus keeping the larger volume protected from becoming stale.  When the larger jars are finally empty, they are put to good use.

I love looking at the vintage buttons which until now have been stored away in a box.  They belonged to my late mother who could never resist a bargain, particularly if it involved fabric, buttons, art books, good crockery, or magazines (of course).  Our children used to play with the buttons when they were little and now they are ready for our grandchildren.  

Just as well it's cold - it's perfect weather for plenty of coffee drinking.  I need more jars because I have so many more of my mother's buttons to display.  Must remember to buy some eucalyptus oil to remove those pesky gold labels.


Mannick...91 said...

Votre gâteau est magnifique !!
Les tissus de votre "bibiothèque" ont de belles couleurs, j'aime.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh i grew up with a fantastic lemon tree & my mum could make anything with the bounty. Lemon meringue pie, takes me back!! Love Posie

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I love that way of storing / displaying fabric, especially as a fellow magazine hoarder :)